COMPLETE CAST ANNOUNCED AND FIRST REHEARSAL PHOTOS RELEASED FOR BROADWAY’S “AIN’T NO MO'”
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PRESENTED BY LEE DANIELS
DIRECTED BY STEVIE- WALKER WEBB
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New York, NY (October 6, 2022) – Producer Lee Daniels, Academy Award® nominee, announced today the complete casting for the Broadway production of Ain’t No Mo’ playing at the Belasco Theatre (111 W. 44th St) beginning on Thursday, November 3 ahead of an official opening on Thursday, December 1.
Joining the previously announced writer Jordan E. Cooper as Peaches, additional cast includes Fedna Jacquet (Passenger #1), Marchánt Davis (Passenger #2), Shannon Matesky (Passenger #3), Ebony Marshall-Oliver (Passenger #4), and Crystal Lucas-Perry (Passenger #5). Understudies are Nik Alexander (u/s Peaches & Passenger #2), Jasminn Johnson (u/s Passenger #3 & Passenger #4), Michael Rishwan (u/s Passenger #2 & Peaches), Kedren Spencer (u/s Passenger #5 & Passenger #1), Brennie Tellu (u/s Passenger #4 & Passenger #5), and Emma Van Lare (u/s Passenger #1 & Passenger #3).
The creative team includes director Stevie Walker-Webb making his Broadway debut, and the design team is three-time Tony Award® winner Scott Pask (scenic design), two-time Tony-nominated Emilio Sosa (costume design), Adam Honoré (lighting design), and Jonathan Deans & Taylor Williams (co-sound design), and Mia M. Neal (wig design). Wagner Johnson Productions serve as Executive Producers and General Management.
Having premiered to overwhelming acclaim at The Public Theater, Ain’t No Mo’ dares to ask the incendiary question, “What if the U.S. government attempted to solve racism … by offering Black Americans one-way plane tickets to Africa?” The answer comes in the form of an outrageous and high-octane comedy about being Black in today’s America. From the mischievous mind of the youngest American playwright in Broadway history, Jordan E. Cooper (“The Ms. Pat Show”), Ain’t No Mo’ seamlessly blends sketch comedy, satire and avant garde theater to leave audiences crying with laughter—and thinking through the tears.
The New York Times heralded Cooper as one of “a generation of Black playwrights whose fiercely political and formally inventive works are challenging audiences, critics, and the culture at large to think about race, and racism, in new ways.”
“Thrilling, bewildering, campy, shrewd, mortifying, scary,
devastating and deep.”
– Jesse Green, The New York Times
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Jordan E. Cooper (Peaches) is an Obie Award-winning performer/playwright who was chosen to be one of OUT Magazine’s “Entertainers of The Year”. Jordan was also featured on the final season of FX’s groundbreaking series “Pose” as MC Tyrone. He is the creator and showrunner of the Emmy Nominated sitcom “The Ms. Pat Show” which critics called “One of the most radical sitcoms of the modern era”. With Ain’t No Mo’, Jordan is now, at 27, the youngest playwright in Broadway history.
Fedna Jacquet (Passenger #1) is a full-time director/writer/actor born in Boston to Haitian parents. She is a 2022-2024 National Black Theatre Playwright in Residence, 2021-2022 Inaugural Still I Rise Documentary Fellow, a 2019-2022 Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow, and a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting. She has been in multiple theatre productions including Ain’t No Mo’ at the Public and Gloria: A Life. She is currently recurring on “FBI: Most Wanted” and S2 of “City On A Hill.” Her latest short (as a director) will be featured at the Urbanworld film festival in NYC. BA: Brown University MFA: NYU Grad Acting.
Marchánt Davis (Passenger #2) is a Philly native. Film credits include: The Day Shall Come and A Journal for Jordan. He received Lucille Lortel and Audelco Award nominations for his 2019 performance in Ain’t No Mo’ at The Public Theater. Broadway credits: The Great Society. Upcoming Projects: Reality (film) based on the award-winning Broadway play Is This A Room and his debut children’s book “A Boy And His Mirror” coming January 3rd, 2023. He holds an MFA from NYU’s Tisch Graduate Acting Program.
Shannon Matesky (Passenger# 3) (she/her) is an actress, writer, producer, and director. Her plays include Aint No Mo’ (Woolly Mammoth) Put Your House in Order (La Jolla Playhouse), Antony & Cleopatra and Macbeth (Backroom Shakespeare New York), Kid Prince and Pablo (Ars Nova/NY Stage and Film), Hit The Wall (Steppenwolf Garage), How Long Will I Cry? (Steppenwolf) and The March (Steppenwolf). Shannon has assistant directed RACE (The Goodman) and Tartuffe/Misanthrope (The Court Theater). Shannon authored four solo shows She Think She Grown, We Gotta Eat, The Saga of the Return, and Heartbreak Hotel: Whitney. Shannon has produced digital content, conferences, live events and festivals including Brave New Voices, and Life is Living. Shannon also created a monthly performance art series in Brooklyn, NY Queer Abstract, and is an original cast member and writer for Chicago’s The Fly Honey Show (The Inconvenience). shannonmatesky.com
Ebony Marshall-Oliver (Passenger # 4) is excited to reprise her role in Ain’t No Mo’. She was last seen on Broadway as Beverly in Chicken & Biscuits. Off-Broadway: Merry Wives and Ain’t No Mo’ at The Public Theater, Raisin-APAC, Seussical-TheatreWorksUSA; A host of regional theaters including Dallas Theater Center, Jubilee Theater, Theatre3Dallas; TV – “The Ms. Pat Show” -BET+, “Evil” – Paramount+. AMDA NY graduate. Let’s take this flight!
Crystal Lucas-Perry (Passenger # 5). Broadway: 1776 (John Adams), Roundabout; Off-Broadway: Ain’t No Mo’ (Passenger 5, Lucille Lortel Award), A Bright Room Called Day (Zillah; Antonyo Award nomination), The Public; Bull in a China Shop (Felicity), Lincoln Center; Little Children Dream of God (Madison), Roundabout. Regional: 1776 (John Adams), A.R.T.; The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), Chicago Shakespeare; TV: “Law and Order: SVU” (Aneeka Coleman), “The Last O.G.” (T’era). Film: Goodnight Mommy (Sandy Liddell), Amazon Studios; Frank and Azalee Austin (Azalee, Craft Acting Award). Education: MFA, Tisch Graduate Acting, New York University; www.CrystalLucasPerry.com | Instagram@CrystalLucasPerry | Twitter@Crystal_LP.
Nik Alexander (u/s Peaches & Passenger #2) is ecstatic to be returning to Broadway with Ain’t No Mo’. Nik was last seen in Hamilton as a standby for Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Other Broadway/National Tour credits include: Motown The Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jesus Christ Superstar and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Music singles from his highly anticipated album: “Too good to be true,” “Take Me Back” and “Not the Enemy” are available on all digital platforms. Special thanks to Malaiyka, Mikey, Carla and Angie. Don’t stress over doing it right but be certain you’re do it well!
Jasminn Johnson (u/s Passenger #3 & Passenger #4) is thrilled to be making her Broadway Debut in Ain’t No Mo’. Some of her recent credits include Off-Broadway: King Lear (New York Classical Theater), Blues for An Alabama Sky (Keen Company). Regional: Freedom Rider (Crossroads Theater Company), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare on The Sound). TV/Film:” The Equalizer” (CBS) and “The Politician” (Netflix). She is a proud graduate of The Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where she also teaches and directs. Endless thanks to her family, friends, students, and teachers.
Michael Rishawn (u/s Passenger #2 & Peaches) is best known for his work in the critically acclaimed plays Wig Out directed by Kent Gash and Handjob opposite “The West Wing”’s Stephen Culp. Television/Film: Disney’s “Bunk’d” and The Send Off. He’s worked in various Regional theaters from Roundabout, Hartford Stage, and Shakespeare Theatre with numerous national commercials running (Hennessy, Bose, NBA). His warm yet engaging voice narrates various literary titles via Audible. MFA, UCSD.
Kedren Spencer (u/s Passenger #5 & Passenger #1). BROADWAY DEBUT! Select Regional: Toni Stone (Alliance Theatre/Milwaukee Rep); The Tempest, Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Theatre Co). TV: NBC’s “New Amsterdam,” “Manifest,” “Law & Order: SVU”; Search Party (HBO); Bull (CBS). Film: Half Day (short), Reopening (short). MFA, FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Grateful doesn’t begin to cover it. For my family. For the Ancestors. @kedrenspencer
Brennie Tellu (u/s Passenger #4 & Passenger #5), is a proud first-generation West African actor/writer. Broadway Debut. Theatre: Here Arts; Asylum (Leah), Gibney Theatre; In Memoriam (Vinnie), Doubt (Mrs. Mueller), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Henrietta/Pilate/St. Monica/Simon), Book-It Repertory Theatre; I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings (Maya). Film: Swipe (Parking Cop), B-Sides (Dr. Lynn Carson), Spectrum (Rashida), Awry (Valentina). Education: Inaugural cohort Black Arts Institute w/ Stella Adler/Billie Holiday Theatre. MFA Acting – Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. BA – Radio/TV/Film; Rowan University.
Emma Van Lare (u/s Passenger #1 & Passenger #3) is a first-generation Ghanaian-American actor and writer. Notable credits include the world premieres of Madhuri Shekar’s House of Joy and Marcus Gardley’s Lear, both at California Shakespeare Theater. She was a finalist in the 2021 MACRO x The Black List Feature Screenwriter Incubator and is a recipient of the 2021 Free the Arts Shay Fellowship for which she wrote an original solo work, Hello, I Wish I Were Dead. She holds an MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater and is repped by SMS Talent.
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